Ronald Poppo

​Ronald Poppo when he was a star student at Stuyvesant High School in New York. Picture: New York Daily News Supplied 

College student Nicholas Carlesi took this photo of Ronald Poppo, 65, in front of Jungle Island on April 14, 2012.

This undated booking mug made available by the Miami-Dade Police Dept. shows Ronald Poppo. 

 Most recent photo of Ronald Poppo
 showing good spirits despite his wounds!

Recent Updates For Mr. Poppo

"People in my predicament need to be helped out," he said. "I thank the outpouring of 
people in the community. I'll always be grateful for that." Ronald Poppo

Poppo had more than 75 percent of his face chewed off, including his nose, mouth and eyes, after Rudy Eugene attacked him in May 2012. Poppo suffered nearly 18 minutes before 
police shot and killed Eugene to stop the assault.

Poppo was rendered blind from the attack, and he continues to work with an occupational therapist at Jackson Memorial, who taught him how to dress himself, feed himself, shower and shave, according to a news release. He has gained more than 50 pounds in recovery.

Dr. Wrood Kassira, a plastic surgeon at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital 
who treated Poppo, told ABC News that since the series of facial surgeries, 
Poppo has "adjusted quite well."

"In terms of reconstruction, he's been a trooper," said Kassira. "His main issue is blindness, having to adapt to his surroundings without being able to see."

Kassira said that while she had treated many patients who had endured trauma similar to Poppo's, this was her first time encountering a patient who had been the victim of such a grizzly assault.

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital plastic surgeon Dr. Urmen Desai, who also treated Poppo, said that Poppo was not interested in pursuing further facial reconstruction, nor does he want to wear specially made prostheses to cover his nose and eyes.

"He's a very simple guy. These things aren't important to him," Desai said. "He doesn't 
care how he looks, and he doesn't care what people think about him."

Desai said the doctors who treated Poppo initially grappled with 
his decision to not pursue more surgeries.

"We may be used to seeing people with a missing arm or leg as we walk down the street. 
But if you ever see anyone with eyeballs missing, that's not as socially accepted in our society,
" he said. "It's something that was hard for us to let go of and have him go on his way 
and live the rest of his life [that way]."

"It took us a while to let go of that and realize it's not about what we want, 
it's about what he wants," Desai said.

Poppo remains at Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center, and still sees doctors for his facial injuries. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind also is providing services to help him regain his independent living skills, the hospital said in a statement.
Written by Alexis Shaw

Ronald Poppo

Please leave some words of encouragement for Mr. Poppo!

by Valentine on 06/07/12

  • "I am so sorry this happened to you. I have thought about you everyday since and have payed for your physical and emotional healing to be both fast and thorough.... I also find myself asking why and how something like this can happen to someone... and the only answer I can think of is so that we as humans will be reminded of the resilience and the power of the spirits of our counterparts. You are our counterpart and its time to be strong and show us all what is possible in our own hearts and spirit. When you ask YOURSELF why... Sometimes there are no answers, it is better just find and use your strength and forgive this world and know that we are all rooting for you, with all of our love."

Ronald Poppo thanks the community 
for all their support in this latest video:
Ronald Poppo Is the unfortunate victim who was viciously attacked on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach on May 26, 2012. 

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